13 May, 2013
StartupAus is in the process of organising as a not-for-profit entity in the form of a company limited by guarantee. You may well ask why we chose to go down the path of creating a corporate entity. Arguably, the startup community itself doesn’t require such formality, however, we believe that this structure will be beneficial in providing a well-defined, accessible connection between the community and the many external groups with which we engage, such as the media and government. It is certainly not the role of startupAUS to lead and it’s vital that the leadership continues to come from the community.
For now, three of the sponsor group has volunteered to be the initial board directors, namely Peter Bradd (Fishburners), Bill Bartee (SCVP), and me. We hope to welcome additional directors to the Board in future. Additionally, Sally-ann Williams (Google) is volunteering time to provide exec support & program management.
The new board met for the first time on May 15th.
Key resolutions from that meeting were as follows:
To adopt a constitution (based on a template from Fishburners) that allows for flexibility as we scale and change in the future.
To formally adopt the following mission statement:
The mission of StartupAUS is to foster and build the community of technology entrepreneurship in Australia.
To use a lean model based on volunteers and calls for funding (as needed) for current day to day workings of the entity, until such a time that this proved ineffective.
To approve the Startup Spring festival proposal for 2013.
To approve the creation of volunteer roles to be known as StartupAUS Advocates.
The latter is particularly important because it is where you and the rest of the community get involved.
A call for applications for StartupAUS Advocates, with appointments to be reviewed and made within 2 months.
A call for a competition to design the website.
A call for participation in Startup Spring.
Second board meeting on June 13th.
Sally will be reaching out to the broader startup community in the next few weeks about the StartupAUS advocates, website design competition, and Startup Spring Festival.
Finally, I’d like to thank Gareth Adams for kindly donating the domain, startupaus.org.